The Search Monitor Releases Geo-Targeted Ad Monitoring of Competitors, Trademarks, and Affiliates

The Search Monitor, an online monitoring service that tracks competitive advertising activity on paid search, blogs, forums, news, and web sites, announces its release of geo-targeted monitoring. TSM now monitors 17 countries, 6 languages, and most major regions, states, and cities in each market.

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Monitoring both globally and locally is critical in benchmarking competitor advertising strategies and for watching affiliate activities online

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 9, 2008

The Search Monitor ("TSM"), an online monitoring service that tracks competitive advertising activity on paid search, blogs, forums, news, and web sites, announces its release of geo-targeted monitoring. TSM now monitors 17 countries, 6 languages, and most major regions, states, and cities in each market.

Geo-targeted monitoring enables companies to watch their competition and affiliates, and to manage their reputation and brand use locally. With this launch, interactive agencies, marketers, affiliate managers, and compliance teams are able to monitor paid search, blogs, forums, news, and web sites around the world from a local point of view in countries including: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and many others. Monitoring can be conducted in English or in the language native to each country.

By gaining visibility into global search markets, companies will be able to overcome a key challenge in analyzing activity in their extended markets. Prior to the geo-targeting capabilities of TSM, an agency with clients worldwide could not effectively monitor locally targeted ads because its visibility was limited to its home base. TSM's new capabilities provide the insights needed at the local level to protect brands and optimize search campaigns on locally.

The Search Monitor offers important information that can only be gained by careful 24x7 automated monitoring, and surfaces the information in 3 easy to use reporting sections:

1.    Competitor Monitor gives insights into competitive bidding strategies, competitor market share and visibility, ranking on sponsored search, ad copy strategies, and promotions like free shipping, trials, or sales.
2.    Trademark Monitor eases the tasks associated with reputation management by auto-detecting advertisers sponsoring branded keywords, use of trademarks and slogans in ad copy and display urls, and negative, positive, and neutral brand buzz on blogs, news, and web sites.
3.    Affiliate Monitor simplifies oversight of affiliate programs by auto-identification of affiliates using sponsored search to detect violations of rank requirements, keyword restrictions, ad copy requirements or restrictions, and landing page copy requirements or restrictions.

Search engine marketing has become a critical component for advertisers. According to the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO), North American advertisers spent $12.2 billion on SEM in 2007 and that figure is estimated to more than double to reach $25.2 billion by 2011. The Search Monitor was developed to provide the tools necessary to optimize the sizable investments being made in this medium and to protect brands from competitive threats.

"Monitoring both globally and locally is critical in benchmarking competitor advertising strategies and for watching affiliate activities online," says Shaun Martinec, a TSM founder. "Many affiliates will carefully craft their campaigns at the local level in order to take advantage of better priced keywords or to avoid merchant detection when they are not in compliance with affiliate program terms. We find that major brand marketers are often outbid by competitors and affiliates on top terms at the local level."

About The Search Monitor
The Search Monitor is comprised of a team of SEM enthusiasts who uncovered a need in the market for external automated monitoring of competitive activities on paid search, web sites, blogs, social media, and press coverage. Automated monitoring greatly reduces the number of hours and effort required to manage affiliates and competitors infringing on brands and misrepresenting products across the web. Further, automated monitoring reveals competitive marketing strategies that enable advertisers to benchmark their own performance, optimize ad budgets, detect successful ad copy combinations, and receive advance awareness of special offers like free shipping and sales dominating their verticals. The Search Monitor is offered as a web based subscription service. To learn more please visit http://www.thesearchmonitor.com .

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